Literacy Coaching Graduate Certificate
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- Register: Literacy Coaching Graduate Certificate Virtual Information Session — 5/17/2023, 7:00pm - 7:30pm — Online via Zoom
The Literacy Coaching concentration of the Literacy/Reading Instruction Graduate Certificate empowers current literacy leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to equip teachers with effective instructional practices and thereby improve student learning experiences.
The concentration is designed for current reading and literacy specialists or others with a strong background in literacy who wish to more effectively support teachers’ professional learning through literacy coaching. Program content is aligned with the most recent professional standards for literacy coaching from the International Literacy Association.
What Makes an Outstanding Literacy Coach?
Literacy coaches work with K–12 teachers to improve classroom literacy instruction and promote literacy achievement for all students. Effective literacy coaches have a deep understanding of how adults learn, of literacy instruction and assessment, and of different approaches to coaching. They also possess well-developed leadership capabilities. Our certificate program supports the career development of reading specialists and other literacy leaders by cultivating these professional skills. All courses require students to conduct related practice in their own schools.
What Will You Learn?
Graduates of the program will learn to:
- support adult learning
- design effective professional development
- serve as a change agent in diverse schools
- lead with digital technology
- advocate for equity in literacy education
This 12-credit certificate program comprises four classes offered in a 100% online format for 7.5 weeks each. The program is offered on a part-time basis during the spring and fall and can be completed in 2 semesters.
- EDRD 680: Foundations of Coaching and Fostering Professional Learning (3 credits)
- EDRD 681: Collaboration and Communication in Literacy Coaching (3 credits)
(classes starting in August)
(classes starting in January)
(classes starting in May, June, or July)
Priority*: April 1
Space Available: August 21
Priority*: November 1
Space Available: January 6
Priority*: February 1
Space Available: May 15
For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.
* Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity. Some programs do not review applications past the priority deadline.
- Graduate application and fee
- 750-1,000-word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
- Current resume
- Transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the U.S. Please defer to the Office of Graduate Admissions information page for specific requirements regarding uploading unofficial transcripts.
- Applicants with transcripts from outside of the U.S. could have additional requirements. Please refer to the How To Apply page for specific requirements about submitting international transcripts, evaluations, and English language proficiency.
- An earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from official transcripts. Expectation of an earned baccalaureate and/or graduate degree prior to the first day of classes for the term for which the student is applying will also meet this requirement. See the admissions policy here for information.
- A minimum 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. The university, at its discretion, may, in evaluating the meeting of this requirement, additionally consider the difficulty of the baccalaureate degree, relevant work experience, any/or other evidence of ability to succeed in graduate study.
- International students should reference Admission of International Students for additional requirements.
- Students enrolling in the Literacy Coaching concentration must hold either a Master's degree in Literacy (or closely-related field) or license/endorsement as a Reading Specialist.
|TUITION CLASSIFICATION||COST PER CREDIT|
(includes MSF*; discounted from $1,624.25)
|VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program**||$603.25
|CEHD Course Fee||$25.00 - $84.00|
|Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit||$734.70 - $793.70|
|Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit||$934.70 - $993.70|
|Total cost for VA Resident and PK-12 VA Educator enrolled in a CEHD graduate program*||$628.25 - $687.25|
|Graduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Internship courses will incur a higher course fee to fund on-site assistance involving intensive clinical training/supervision.
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF): $150.25
**VA state residents who are eligible must apply for the 15% PreK-16 VA Educators Discount in order to take advantage of the lower tuition. Eligible students receive 15% off the total tuition and mandatory student fee.
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.
Phone: (703) 993-5789
Have questions? Check the Literacy Program Advising Organization on Blackboard.
Each student is responsible for knowing Mason’s rules, regulations, requirements, administrative policies, and academic policies. The University Catalog, your program advisors, and the staff in the Student and Academic Affairs Office are key resources to assist you as you work toward completion of your degree requirements.
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